Nuclear Futures Conference: Linking policy and technology
This exciting two-day conference with Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre and the UK Project on Nuclear Issues explored the interactions between nuclear policy and nuclear technology. The conference brought together specialists from government, industry, and academia.
In the face of limited energy resources and carbon emission commitments, many nations around the world are turning to nuclear technology for a secure energy future. This includes the United Kingdom, which plans to invest around £60 billion in new nuclear build. However, safely and securely implementing nuclear energy projects requires effective coordination between those that define a nation’s nuclear policy, and those who can deliver upon it.
The Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre and the UK Project on Nuclear Issues convened a two-day conference to demonstrate, explore, and enhance the important relationships between nuclear stakeholders in the policy and technology arenas.
The conference discussed issues of concern to both nuclear policy-makers and nuclear technicians, identifying specific areas of interaction which would benefit from further coordination. It will also provided young, emerging nuclear specialists with the opportunity to present before, learn from, and network with established experts from other nuclear fields.
Keynote speeches were delivered by representatives of the Nuclear Industries Association and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Lord Hutton of Barrow, Chairman of the Royal United Services Institute gave the keynote speech on 25 March.
Download the audio recordings of the panel sessions and view the individual PowerPoint presentations. Please note some files are quite large so may take some time to download if your internet connection is slow.
Panel 1 - Nuclear security [MP3, 73.8 MB]
Chair: Claire Durkin, Vice President and Regional Executive Europe, URS
- The nuclear security regime by Matthew Cottee, King’s College London [PDF, 485 KB]
- The IAEA’s role in defining and promoting ‘Nuclear Security’ by Columba Peoples, University of Bristol [PDF, 448 KB]
- The UK’s approach to regulating security in the civil nuclear sector by Roger Brunt, Nuclear Security Consultant, Grosmont Howe Ltd [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Panel 2 - Non-proliferation and nuclear export control [MP3, 87 MB]
Chair: Emily Cromwell, Deloitte Customs and Global Trade
- A gentleman’s agreement: enforcing multilateral nuclear export controls by Isabelle Anstey, King’s College London [1.5 MB]
- Engaging the private sector: the first line of defence against proliferation by Daniel Salisbury, Project Alpha [PDF, 1 MB]
- Keeping compliant: An industry perspective on supplying equipment in the nuclear market by Neil Foreman, Centronic Ltd [PowerPoint unavailable]
Panel 3 - Nuclear innovation and proliferation [MP3, 53.9 MB]
Chair: Dr Richard White, Strategic Systems Assessment, UK Atomic Weapons Establishment
- Safeguard and protection requirements for Generation IV reactor systems by Matthew Gill, University of Manchester [PDF, 991 KB]
- Limitations of intrinsic proliferation resistance barriers by John Adams, Systems Assessment, UK Atomic Weapons Establishment [PDF, 213 KB]
- The proliferation risks of laser isotope separation technology by Hugh Chalmers, Royal United Services Institute [PDF, 378 KB]
Panel 4 - Innovation in detection and safety [MP3, 68.8 MB]
Chair: David Smith, Bristol-Oxford NRC, University of Bristol
- Nuclear Safety Systems by Silke Kuball, EDF & University of Bristol [PDF, 498 KB]
- ARMS: Autonomous Radiological Monitoring Systems by James MacFarlane, University of Bristol [PDF, 2.6 MB]
- Uranium corrosion by Nick Harker, University of Bristol [PDF, 2.2 MB]
Panel 5 - Innovation in nuclear technology: fission and fusion [MP3, 64.4 MB]
Chair: James Marrow, University of Oxford
- UK and world magnetic fusion research by Martin O’Brien, CCFE [PDF, 1.4 MB]
- Small spherical tokamaks and their potential role in the development of fusion power by David Kingham, Tokamak Solutions [PDF, 1.2 MB]
- Small reactors: will the UK be found napping? by Andrew Hughes, Rolls-Royce [PDF, 567 KB]
- Plasma physics: remaining challenges in the approach to fusion energy by Howard Wilson, University of York [PowerPoint unavailable]
Panel 6 - The perennial problem of waste [MP3, 87.8 MB]
Chair: Chris Grovenor, University of Oxford
- Keynote speech - Inertial fusion by Peter Roberts, AWE [PDF, 11.8 MB]
- The role of sound science in the safe disposal of nuclear waste by Jon Martin, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority [PDF, 1.3 MB]
- Managing radioactive waste safely, the delicate balance between technical and social issues by Bill Lee, Imperial College London [PDF, 6 MB]
- Knowing what you've got - problems presented by legacy wastes by Tom Scott, University of Bristol [PDF, 2 MB]
Download the programme (PDF, 118kB) [PDF, 120 KB]
Information about the sponsors
UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI)
UK PONI was established in 2010 within the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) as a cross-generational network dedicated to fostering dialogue and building expertise amongst emerging nuclear scholars.
Bristol-Oxford Joint Nuclear Research Centre (NRC)
The NRC is a joint venture between the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford, creating a centre of national and international importance in Nuclear Research. The NRC is part of the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute, which researches how we live with global uncertainty.
The Cabot Institute brings together world-class expertise, developing truly multidisciplinary research programmes to tackle the challenges of uncertain environmental change.